C16: from Latin officiōsus kindly, from officium service; see office
officious for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (əfɪʃəs)
graded adjective & adjective
If you describe someone as officious, you are critical of them because they are eager to tell people what to do when you think they should not. [disapproval] ⇒ They wouldn't welcome any officious interference from the police. ⇒ When people put on uniforms, their attitude becomes more confident and their manner more officious.
officiouslyadverb [ADV with v] ⇒ Lance Corporal Williams officiously ordered them out.
Back in the car park, I found that an officious trafficwarden had decided to make my day.Val McDermid DEAD BEAT"'I'm sorry, Young Novice," Lord Vasquez said in her kindly, if officious ,Zindell, David THE BROKEN GODShe was trying to sound either officious or impersonal for the casual listener, a very smart move considering the circumstances.Terman, Douglas CORMORANTShe walked toward us with an officious stride that dissolved about halfway across the room when she broke into a run.Parker, T. Jefferson SUMMER OF FEAR